KEN Jennings went from contestant to host during Jeopardy's season of guest hosts following the passing of Alex Trebek.
Jennings had previously won 74 consecutive Jeopardy! games before he was defeated and was one of the first guest hosts during Season 37.
Who is Jeopardy! host Ken Jennings?
Ken Wayne Jennings III, 47, is a Jeopardy! champion and the highest-earning player in the show’s history.
He also holds the record for the highest average of correct responses per game in Jeopardy! history.
Jennings was finally defeated during his 75th appearance and has totaled nearly $5 million in winnings.
Prior to his guest hosting role, Jennings returned to the franchise in 2020 and appeared on "Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time" alongside Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer.
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Before his game show days, Jennings worked as a software engineer.
Jennings is also married to Mindy Boam and the couple has two children, Dylan and Caitlin Jennings.
Is Ken Jennings the new host of Jeopardy!?
Jeopardy! had previously announced that the hosts for season 38 would be producer Mike Richards and actress Mayim Bialik.
After the announcement, fans were outraged with Richards being behind the podium and the show was forced to make more changes.
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The decision went into effect due to Richard's controversial comments resurfacing.
On September 16, 2021, TMZ first reported Jennings will be returning yet again as the new host for the rest of the season alongside Bialik.
At the time, Sony sources told the media outlet that executives have not decided what will happen next season but as for this season, fans will be seeing more of Bialik who had originally signed on for hosting Jeopardy! specials.
Later, on December 8, 2021, Sony announced Jennings and Bialik will continue to share their hosting gig through the end of season 38, which was originally scheduled to conclude on July 29, 2022.
“We are delighted to let you know that Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will continue to share hosting duties through the end of Jeopardy! Season 38, and Michael Davies will remain as executive producer," the show tweeted.
"We’re so pleased to have such an excellent and experienced team in front of and behind the camera as we head into 2022!”
As of July 25, 2022, an insider close to the team at Jeopardy! revealed to Variety that Bialik and Jennings will continue to split the hosting responsibilities until further notice.
Michael Davies told the publication: "With all of our plans for Jeopardy! — which is more Jeopardy!, not less, more versions — we’re going to need multiple hosts to represent the entire audience, to represent the entire country, in order to take this franchise forward."
What other TV shows has Ken Jennings appeared on?
The trivia wiz has appeared on multiple game shows over the years.
Some shows he has been on include, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, Grand Slam, 500 Questions, and Stump the Master.
Jennings also appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, as a frequent expert for the lifeline Ask the Expert, and also taped a pilot for the proposed 2009 CBS revival of Sony's The $25,000 Pyramid.
He appeared on Millionaire in 2014 as a contestant during its Guinness World Records Edition-themed week as well.
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Jennings won $100,000 after deciding to walk away on his $250,000 question despite having made the right prediction.
If he had gone for it, he would have won $250,000.
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